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robomatic BS: Are we alone? (158* d) RE: BS: Are we alone? 30 Jun 21


Donald Rumsfeld passed today. He it was who made the famous statement, which was sometimes used against him, that "there are known knowns":

Reports that say that something hasn't happened are always interesting to me, because as we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns—the ones we don't know we don't know. And if one looks throughout the history of our country and other free countries, it is the latter category that tends to be the difficult ones.

Similarly, there are people who think they know what they're talking about, people who know what they are talking about, people who know they don't know what they're talking about, and people who don't know they don't know what they're talking about. This last case is often referred to in whole or in part as an example of the Dunning-Kruger effect

We have by no means exhausted the topic. There are the BSers, those who simply want to be paid attention to, or believed, for the time being. One such well known sample was Rush Limbaugh of blessed memory. I tend to regard 'the newt' Gingrich as another example, but I have not amassed evidence to that effect. And there are the online charmers who will say anything to appear to be of interest, or relevant, topical, engaging, consciencious, moral, etc. etc. There is a great history of success with this tactic in the United States. At least one recent President achieved placement with this technique and he may very well keep trying it. So aren't we lucky to have our own variant right here in this forum, in this thread even.

But I don't think he's a Delta variant. Yet.


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